3rd Weekend Schedule Announced

Giving back to the community and showcasing the art of film is paramount to the mission of Santa Barbara International Film Festival. On the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday following the Festival (February 13-15 2015), some of the most popular films are screened for the public free of charge at the scenic Riviera Theatre. Admission to 3rd Weekend is on a first come first served basis.

2015 Film Awards announced!

The 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia, announced the winners of the 2015 festival competition at a Press Conference and Brunch Saturday morning at the Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. The festival’s 30th edition proved once again that SBIFF consistently presents truly exceptional films, spanning many genres, generations and topics and even surpassed years past. This year we welcomed more filmmakers and attendees than ever before, and provided a fare that was embraced and celebrated by cinephiles from around the globe.

Closing Night – Performance by Gregg Alexander & Danielle Brisebois and premiere of McFarland, USA

For the Closing night of the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Academy Award-nominated songwriters Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, along with their band (Nick Lashley & Kenneth Crouch) will be performing their Oscar nominated song, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again, preceding the screening of McFarland, USA, Directed by Niki Caro and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.

Panelists for the Women’s Panel Announced

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is pleased to announce the participants of the wildly popular Creative Forces: Women in the Biz panel, which takes place on Saturday, February 7. Moderator Madelyn Hammond, President, Madelyn Hammond & Assoc., and Former Chief Marketing Officer for Variety, will guide this assembly of creative and powerful women discussing not only their own individual careers, but collectively what they have faced as women in the industry.

10-10-10 Student Competition Begins!

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, which runs January 27-February 7, announced today the finalists for the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking Competition and Student Screenwriting Competition, presented by Relativity Education. The festival is excited to also announce that the new presenting sponsor will award the competition’s four winners with full scholarships to the Relativity Education LA-based summer workshops, along with a digital release of their films.

Panelists for the Writers and Producers Panels Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is pleased to announce the panelists from some of the most popular signature features of the year. This highly-acclaimed panel series invites accomplished industry professionals, most of whom have emerged as Academy Award nominees, to come together for lively, informative and revealing discussions.

Outstanding Directors honoring Chazelle, Linklater, Miller, Poitras and Tyldum

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg.

SBIFF welcomes 24+ Oscar Nominees

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG Australia and which begins Tuesday, January 27, is proud to welcome 24 Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.

2015 Poster Unveiled

Here’s the 30th SBIFF poster celebrating all the preceding posters since 1985! Designed once again by Barbara Boros

2015 Film and Event Announcement

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG® Australia, announces its highly-anticipated line-up for 2015. The 30th edition offers a vast array of films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 52 US premieres, tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach.

Montecito Award honoring Jennifer Aniston

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her celebrated career, including this year’s inspirational performance in Cinelou Films’ Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.

Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will jointly honor Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The actors will be celebrated for their remarkable careers, including this year’s Focus Features release The Theory of Everything, with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th edition of the Festival.

Virtuosos Award honoring Chadwick Boseman, Ellar Coltrane, Logan Lerman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons and Jenny Slate

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

American Riviera Award honoring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is delighted to present the 2015 American Riviera Award to actors Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke at the 30th edition of the Fest, which runs Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015. This is the first time the award will be bestowed upon two honorees, who will be honored with a Tribute celebrating their careers, including their remarkable collaboration in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed epic “Boyhood,” it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

SBIFF receives grant from the National Endowment of the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. SBIFF is to receive a $15,000 grant to support its educational programs, including a new film studies program that will bring 10 students from across the country.

Outstanding Performer of the Year Award honoring Steve Carell

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell on Friday, February 6, 2015. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

Modern Master Award honoring Michael Keaton

Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The Attenborough Award Honoring the Cousteau Family

For the first time in 5 years, the SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine — for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean. The award will be presented on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre.

2015 Opening Night Film “Desert Dancer”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.